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iraqi kurdistan: playing the independence game | iraq


at the end of march, iraqi kurdistan president masoud barzani met new un secretary-general antonio guterres and once again drew attention to a forthcoming referendum called to allow the region the right of "self-determination".the kurds' desire to determine their own future is understandable. to date, about 20 million kurds live in the middle east and the south caucasus countries - turkey, syria, iraq, iran and armenia. the presence of such a large ethnic group that after two world wars has not acquired its own nation-state, could be considered a geopolitical paradox.as a result, the kurds along with the islamic state of iraq and the levant group (isil, also known as isis), in recent years have turned into one of the most influential forces openly encroaching on the administrative-territor






iraq's parliament bans kurdish flag in kirkuk | news


iraq's parliament has rejected a decision to raise the kurdistan flag alongside the iraqi flag on public buildings and institutions in kirkuk city.iraqi mps voted in favour of displaying only the iraqi flag on kirkuk's buildings on saturday, in a session attended by 186 members of the 328-seat parliament.hasan turan, an mp for kirkuk province, told the anadolu news agency that kurdish politicians walked out before the vote could take place.earlier in the week, the semi-autonomous kirkuk provincial council (kpc) voted in favour of raising the kurdistan regional government's flag (krg) alongside iraqi national flag on public buildings in the city.however, that vote was vetoed by most arab and turkmen members of the kpc.the issue comes at a time when krg leader massoud barzani has made severa






kurds lament u.s. abdication of interest in iraq


there’s no better place than iraqi kurdistan to understand the tortured relationship between iraq and the united states, and why the two countries are still bound together. it is a relationship forged with blood, betrayal, and hope.kurdistan sits at a geographical crossroads, bounded by turkey, iran, and the sunni arab regions of iraq where isis established its so-called caliphate. the non-arab kurds are pro-american, and most were rooting for donald trump in 2016 because they wanted a “strong” u.s. leader. they wish the u.s. military would establish a long-term base on their soil.yet something new was on display at a recent high-level conference of arab, kurdish, and western scholars and officials focused on the mideast’s future after the caliphate is crushed. in the past the discussion w






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between iraqi government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw's most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between iraqi government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw's most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw’s most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred to er






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq's kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in the






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq (ap) — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq’s kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in






iraqi forces storm mosul airport as battle for isis-held west of the city escala


mosul, iraq—iraqi military forces seized control of at least half of the mosul’s international airport on thursday, an iraqi military official said, in their most significant advance so far in their fight to retake the islamic state-held western side of the city. iraqi forces breached the outer edge of the airport earlier in the day, said the official, brigadier yahya rasool, spokesman for iraq’s joint operations command. iraqi...






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 70 people, according to a turkish military statement.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fighte






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 70 people, according to a turkish military statement.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fighte






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 70 people, according to a turkish military statement.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fighte






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 70 people, according to a turkish military statement.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fighte






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency said.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountain region in northern iraq, and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga figh






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party ( pkk ) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria , killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency says.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountain region in northern iraq , and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey , while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party (pkk) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency said.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountain region in northern iraq, and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.iraq: the struggle for an independent sinjarthe targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operat






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party ( pkk ) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency says.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountain region in northern iraq and in karachok mountain in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga figh






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party ( pkk ) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency says.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fi






turkey targets kurdish fighters in iraq and syria | turkey news


turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against kurdistan workers' party ( pkk ) fighters in northern iraq and northeast syria, killing at least 24 people, turkey's state-run anadolu news agency says.a statement released by turkey's air force said that it carried out the air strikes against pkk targets located in the sinjar mountains region in northern iraq and in karachok mountains in northeastern syria on tuesday.the targets were hit to prevent the pkk from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".the pkk are kurdish fighters operating in turkey, while the rojava defence units (ypg) are kurdish fighters operating in northern syria and the peshmerga fi






iraqi forces close to controlling mosul airport


mosul, iraq—iraqi military forces were nearly in control of mosul’s international airport on thursday, iraqi military officials said, a major step in their fight to retake the islamic state-held western side of the city.by sunset, troops came under occasional mortar fire by the extremists and prepared for the next day’s push on dense islamic state-controlled neighborhoods just beyond the airport. iraqi commandos also attacked a...






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel was killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between government forces and isil in mosul, her channel said.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in kurdistan funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media. "rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said. "gardi was one of rudaw’s most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was also wounded in the attack.on february 21, gardi saved a






iraqi suicide bomber was an ex-gitmo detainee released in 2004


iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking mosul's international airport and a nearby military base on tuesday, fearing the islamic state group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.the u.s.-backed iraqi forces advancing on western... (susannah george, qassim abdul-zahra)






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq — children detained by iraq's kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group are alleging they were tortured, according to a report from an international human rights group published sunday.the children — who have not been formally charged with a crime — recount being held in stress positions, burned with cigarettes, shocked with electricity and beaten with plastic pipes, according to human rights watch, a new york based international watchdog.more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held, hrw estimates, and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared.the rights group says they interviewed 19 boys aged 11 to 17 while they were






iraq prepares for isis defeat as us, russia unite in syria


the iraqi military and its allies have nearly defeated militants loyal to the islamic state group, also known as isis, in its final and largest iraqi stronghold of mosul, the economist reported thursday. the jihadists’ collapse in iraq came as the u.s. and russia showed rare signs of cooperation in neighboring syria. iraqi lt. gen. talib…






iraqi officials: car bomb kills 4 and wounds 8


baghdad — iraqi police and hospital officials say a car bomb at a police station in central baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late friday night.the explosion targeted the back entrance to the police station and a burning car sent a plume of thick black smoke into the air.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.the attack comes as iraqi forces struggle to push back islamic state group militants in the northern iraqi city of mosul, the last pocket of major urban territory the group holds in iraq.no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but is has carried out similar attacks targeting iraqi security forces in the past.






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq (ap) — children detained by iraq’s kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group are alleging they were tortured, according to a report from an international human rights group published sunday.the children — who have not been formally charged with a crime — recount being held in stress positions, burned with cigarettes, shocked with electricity and beaten with plastic pipes, according to human rights watch, a new york based international watchdog.more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held, hrw estimates, and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared.the rights group says they interviewed 19 boys aged 11 to 17 while they






iraqi forces launch push to retake western mosul from is


baghdad — iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the western half of mosul from the islamic state group.iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation early sunday morning on state television, saying government forces were moving to "liberate the people of mosul from daesh oppression forever", using the arabic acronym for is.southwest of mosul, near the city's is-held airport, plumes of smoke were seen rising into the sky as coalition aircraft bombed militant positions. further south at an iraqi base, federal police forces were gathering and getting ready to move north.iraqi forces took control of eastern mosul last month, but the west remains in the hands of entrenched extremists.






iraqi parliament wants government to retaliate against us travel ban


the iraqi parliament voted on monday to ask the government to “retaliate” against u.s. president donald trump’s ban on travel to the united states from iraq and six other muslim-majority countries, a parliamentary media official told reuters.trump’s order suspending travel, which he signed on friday, has prompted angry reactions in iraq, where more than 5,000 u.s. troops are deployed to help iraqi and regional kurdish forces in the war against islamic state.a government official in baghdad earlier said iraqi foreign minister ibrahim al-jaafari plans to meet the u.s. amb ador on monday or tuesday to express dismay at trump’s decision.iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi has not yet reacted to the ban.(reporting by saif hameed; writing by maher chmaytelli; editing by catherine evans)






isil kills dozens of civilians fleeing mosul: witnesses | news


isil fighters have killed dozens of civilians attempting to flee mosul in recent days, hanging several dead bodies from electricity poles as iraqi forces fight to retake the city, witnesses said.troops are meeting fierce resistance as isil retreats into the old city, where street fighting is expected in the narrow alleyways and around the mosque where islamic state of iraq and the levant declared its caliphate nearly three years ago.a man who spoke to reuters news agency by telephone said he had found the mutilated body of a relative strung up from an electricity pole in the tenek district, along with three other young men caught trying to flee by the group.fears of isil fighters infiltrating iraqi refugee camps"their appearance was shocking. we weren't able to get them down and they have






iraqi forces build up around mosul ahead of expected push


hamdaniyah, iraq — the iraqi army says it's moving units south and west of mosul ahead of an expected push to retake the city's western half from the islamic state group in the final, decisive battle for the city.brig. walid khalifa, the deputy commander of the iraqi army 9th division, said on tuesday that his forces have been moving into place over the past two days.mosul's east was declared "fully liberated" in january — over three months since the iraqi forces' operation to retake the city had startedat the start, iraqi forces experienced swift gains but slow and grueling urban combat followed before all of eastern mosul was liberated. the fight for the west — a densely populated urban area — is likely going to be more difficult.






iraqi security services say they have arrested over a thousand suspected is memb


23 february 2017 last updated at 09:32 gmt iraqi security services say they've arrested over a thousand suspected is members in eastern mosul since it was recaptured over a month ago. they say the threat of sleeper cells is a serious threat to the city. bbc arabic’s basheer al zaidi is given rare access to the raidsmosul offensive: iraqi forces storm airport in bid to retake city






iraqi security services say they have arrested over a thousand suspected is memb


23 february 2017 last updated at 09:32 gmt iraqi security services say they've arrested over a thousand suspected is members in eastern mosul since it was recaptured over a month ago. they say the threat of sleeper cells is a serious threat to the city. bbc arabic’s basheer al zaidi is given rare access to the raidsmosul offensive: iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city






in mosul, residents rebuild as iraqi forces fight islamic state


mosul, iraq—ibrahim akram carried a 3-foot hookah pipe down a bombed-out street recently in the part of mosul recaptured from islamic state by iraqi forces, basking in the freedom to enjoy a smoking habit that drew beatings from the extremists.as mr. akram, who is 20, stopped to join a group of friends, an iraqi helicopter in the sky behind him let loose a volley of rocket fire at islamic state targets across the tigris river, where...






islamic state drones terrorize iraqi forces as mosul battle rages


as they advance into islamic state’s remaining urban stronghold of west mosul, iraqi forces are struggling to counter the terror caused by the militant group’s drones.iraqi forces have grown accustomed to enemy drones flying over the battlefield since islamic state seized swaths of the country in 2014. they have used rifle fire and high-tech gadgets to counter them, and even have drones of their own.but the militants have...






iraqi troops hunt deadly is snipers in mosul


3 april 2017 last updated at 00:28 bst bbc arabic's feras kilani joins an iraqi security forces unit hunting snipers from so-called islamic state in western mosul.






iraqi forces seize runway at mosul airport amid battles with islamic state


baghdad—iraqi forces fought their way thursday into a sprawling military base outside of mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with islamic state militants.iraqi federal police units entered the airport on thursday morning, according to two police officials who said heavy...






shifa gardi: tributes paid to reporter killed in mosul | news


politicians, journalists and members of the public have joined together in mourning after news of the death of shifa gardi, the iraqi kurdish tv journalist killed in a roadside bomb blast while covering clashes between iraqi forces and isil in mosul.rudaw, gardi's employer, on sunday posted images showing the 30-year-old journalist's burial place in erbil, praising her as someone "who cracked the glass ceiling" with her coverage of the operation against the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil).the hashtag #shifagardi also trended on social media, with many paying tributes, expressing condolences and sharing photos of rudaw's presenter and chief of output. in a social media post, kurdish deputy prime minister qubad talabani called her death "tragic". "she joins a list of irreplaceabl






iraqi forces enter western mosul, take airport from is


baghdad — iraqi forces pushed into the first neighborhood in western mosul on friday and took full control of the international airport on the city's southwestern edge from the islamic state group, according to iraqi officials.the gains mark the first key moves in the battle, now in its sixth day, to rout is militants from the western half of the city of mosul, the extremists' last urban stronghold in iraq.the push by iraqi forces into mosul's western mamun neighborhood was followed by intense clashes with is militants, according to an iraqi special forces officer on the ground, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.an associated press team near the front line saw at least four wounded special forces' members and the bodies of three soldiers, suggesting more intense






islamic state drones terrorize iraqi forces as mosul battle rages


mosul, iraq—as they advance into islamic state’s remaining urban stronghold of west mosul, iraqi forces are struggling to counter the terror caused by the militant group’s drones.iraqi forces have grown accustomed to enemy drones flying over the battlefield since islamic state seized swaths of the country in 2014. they have used rifle fire and high-tech gadgets to counter them, and even have drones of their own.but the...






islamic state drones terrorize iraqi forces as mosul battle rages


mosul, iraq—as they advance into islamic state’s remaining urban stronghold of west mosul, iraqi forces are struggling to counter the terror caused by the militant group’s drones.iraqi forces have grown accustomed to enemy drones flying over the battlefield since islamic state seized swaths of the country in 2014, and have used rifle fire, high-tech gadgets and drones of their own to counter them.but the militants have...






revenues from google's cloud, hardware and play units grow in q4


google parent alphabet's fourth quarter earnings report suggests that google's attempts to broaden its revenue streams over the past several years may finally be beginning to gain some traction. alphabet thursday reported net income of $5.3 billion and earnings per share of $9.36 on revenues of $26.1 billion for the quarter ended dec. 31. the numbers represented a 22 percent increase in revenue year over year and a more modest 8.3 percent hike in income from the $4.9 billion reported in the same quarter a year ago. the earnings per share was about 30 cents less that wall street's expectations for the quarter, and briefly pushed google's share prices down by nearly two percent in early trading friday. in a repeat of the previous quarter, mobile ads and advertisements on youtube led google'